Following their first ever ATP meeting two months ago, world No. 16 Grigor Dimitrov and Robin Haase will clash once again, this time in in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Dimitrov, who is coming off a title victory in Acapulco, won their first meeting in Brisbane and head-to-head series with 1-0.
After beginning his season with a second round exit in Brisbane, Grigor Dimitrov reached his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He would go on to lose another second round match in Rotterdam, this time to Ernests Gulbis, before rebounding with one of the biggest victories of his career in the form of a thrilling three set semi-final victory against Andy Murray in Acapulco. He would go on to lift his second ATP World Tour title the following day with a resilient effort against Kevin Anderson.
It appears that newly appointed coach Roger Rasheed has had a positive influence on the budding Bulgarian talent, as Dimitrov needed to remain patient, focused and determined on several different occasions to win the title. His growth and maturity over the past 12 months on the tour has been impressive to behold and it will be interesting to see if he can cause a stir in the Indian Wells draw this week.
World No. 46 Robin Haase earned entry into the second round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over John-Patrick Smith. The win snapped a three match losing streak dating back to the Buneos Aires event in February. With a 4-6 record this season, Haase will be looking to avenge his loss earlier this season and halt the Bulgarian’s hefty momentum with a win tomorrow afternoon.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dimitrov leading the head-to-head series 1-0. The Bulgarian’s sole victory came earlier this season in an opening round encounter in Brisbane, which he won 6-2, 6-3. This match will likely yield similar results, as Dimitrov is clearly arriving in Indian Wells swelling with confidence from his recent victory at the Mexican Open.
Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Straight Sets